Headshot frequently Asked Questions

You may have some questions and I will be very happy to answer those for you. Simply complete the form below and I will email you back or give you a call.

Headshot Questions & Answers

Why do I need a professional headshot?

These days, a professional headshot can mean the difference between getting a dream job and missing out, whether we’re talking about a fashion model or an entrepreneur, and professionals across industries are realising the importance of putting their best face forward.

Do I need a professional headshot for LinkedIn?

On average, LinkedIn members with professional profile photos get 21 times more profile views than those without—and nine times as many connection requests.  While your in the studio, simply mention you would like a headshot suitable for LinkedIn. There is a slightly different technique in making your image stand out against lots of other photos on the same page.

What is a headshot?

A headshot is different from your average portrait in that it focuses almost entirely on your face.

A portrait will capture any part or all of your body from head to toe and often will include props.

Some people think the headshot photo is so impprtant, they consider it their visual handshake.

Can I go to any photographer for my headshot?

It is important that you choose a photographer that specialises in headshots and can bring the best out of you.

Our professional and friendly approach has worked for many years and we will help you every step of the way. No-one is an expert in having a headshot taken, we know this.

We have the technique, we also have high-quality equipment and lighting to produce nothing but the best quality images.

I don't have a clue what I need to do!

You are the same as everyone else and I am here to help so don’t worry.

Simply fill in our online booking form at the bottom of this page. I will get back to you by phone or email and you can ask me any questions you have.

Only when you are happy I will book you in and ask you for a deposit.

Your invoice and booking confirmation will be emailed to you.

What do I need to do before my headshot session?

I have put together a helpful document called  ‘Headshots – A Vital Read’ exclusive to my clients only. This will guide you in you preperation. This will be sent to you a few days before the photoshoot.

This is an ideal time for you to email or phone me with any questions you may still have.

What happens during a headshot session?

We usually start with a cup of tea or coffee and of course, a little chat.

I want to get a feel for your needs and preferences. How they will be using the photos? This is so I can give you appropriate aspect ratios, set the right tone, and stay on-brand with your company or theme if appropriate.

We can discuss backdrops and what colours you are going to be wearing.

During the headshot session I will walk you through every step of the way. You have nothing to worry about, I will try to make this an enjoyable experience.

I will show you how to stand, the best posture for you and a few tips and tricks to get the best results.

I will mix up different types of lighting, backdrops, standing and seated shots.

I have put as much information as possible on my session and fee guide, you can get there by clicking here.

Do you do outdoor headshots?

I am happy to do outdoor headshots and portrait photoshoots, however, because of the great British weather, its no coincidence that 99% of my professional men and womens headshots are done in my comfortable studio.

When do I get to see my images?

I use tethered shooting which means the camera is connected to a screen so you can view some of the images as we go along. This will increase your confidence and hopefully your excitement about the results. You will also be able to tell what looks best and what’s not working for you, so I can make adjustments.

You choose your images straight after the photoshoot, how cool is that!

After the photoshoot, we will have a coffee and go through the images together. We will take our time and with my expert help, you will pick only the images you want. For more details on this process, click here

How long before I receive my finished images?

Once you have chosen your images I will process them for you. This means removing any spots and blemishes, fly away hairs and anything else we agree on. I balance the colours and lighting but maintain your natural look so no-one would ever know thay have been professionally re-touched. Depending on my workload they are usually presented to you within 7 days (but usually no longer that 14 days) Holiday times can lead to delays however you will be informed of that upon booking.

How much does a Headshot Photoshoot cost?

Different studios will have different rates. As my studio is away from the city centre my running costs are low and my fees are very competitive. You can see my fee guide by clicking here.

Getting the best Headshot.

The most important part of your headshot are your eyes. Be fresh, and I will make you shine.

If your hair is one of your important features, let me know and I can make sure it is lit properly to show it off for you.

Repeat sessions and recommendations are our guarantees to you that our courteous and professional service will give you the end product that you seek, a door opening headshot.

Are your professional headshots near me?

For more details on Atherton Photo Studio and our location Click Here

The studio has free parking and is situated in North Manchester. It’s ideal for Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, and Warrington.

There is a railway link and I have had many clients from Liverpool, Cumbria, and Cheshire.

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